Wondering who we are? A little bit about each of our team members is available below.
Jillian was born in Hamilton, Ontario and moved to the sunny Okanagan in 2001. She fully embraces the Okanagan lifestyle and enjoys hiking, rock climbing, cycling, skiing, cross-country skiing, gardening, and spending time with her partner Karlin and their dog Rhea. She loves supporting small businesses and self-employed individuals along with her local community. She can often be spotted at the local farmer's market or at small independent businesses.
Jillian began her accounting career in 2008 when she worked for the Armstrong Fair as an accounting assistant. Since then she has had a large assortment of clients ranging from municipalities to restaurants. Jillian's preferred clients have always been small businesses. She enjoys the opportunity to help business owners understand their taxation requirements while utilizing available tax deductions, government grants, and financial planning tools. Some of the types of business that Jillian has worked with include:
To obtain her CPA and CA designations in 2015, Jillian spent three years at Grant Thornton LLP in Kelowna. She worked extensively in their personal income tax department and has experience with a wide variety of clients ranging from young couples to retirees. Jillian enjoys working with her personal income tax clients to ensure all available tax credits and deductions are claimed and appropriate tax planning has been considered.
Jillian opened Creekside Accounting Ltd in 2016. She focuses on providing personalized and friendly services.
Cly was born and raised in the Philippines where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Far Eastern University - Nicanor Reyes Medical Foundation.
He made an adventurous move to Canada in 2017 for a new challenge in Castlegar where he completed his Post-Graduate Accounting Diploma at Selkirk College. Outside of work, Cly likes to spend his time reading, playing heavy metal riffs on his guitar, cooking and grilling, martial arts, boxing, and travelling when he can.
As a full-time bookkeeper at Creekside Accounting and an Ambassador with the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce, Cly is immensely proud to be a part of a team that challenges him every day.
Renee was raised in a small town in the Kootenays and moved to the ‘big city’ of Kelowna after high school where opportunities awaited. She completed her degree in Human Kinetics at UBCO and then specialized in holistic nutrition at the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition.
After several years of experience in the administrative role and running her own nutrition consulting business, Renee decided to challenge herself in a new profession. When she completed her administrative assistant certificate (with distinction) at Okanagan College, she joined the Creekside Accounting team as administrative support.
Renee has since moved from the administrative role to full-time bookkeeper at Creekside Accounting. On her time off she loves baking, outdoor activities including hiking with her dogs, exploring in the side-by-side, dirt biking, and other adventurous sports. If you’re lucky, you may even get to try some of her homemade baking!
Andy spent most of his life residing in a small town located in Germany. He successfully completed his apprenticeship as an Electrician in the Industrial Industry and worked in the field for a few years.
In 2016, he moved to Canada and went on a pursuit for new and exciting career opportunities. Andy situated himself in London, Ontario where he studied General Business and Human Resource Management at Fanshawe College.
He fell in love with the beautiful landscape of the Okanagan when vacationing in 2019, influencing his move to Kelowna one year later. Now Andy is able to enjoy the beautiful scenery every day! Andy enjoys hiking, running, camping, skiing, kayaking, and spending time with his loved ones. He is very excited to be a part of the Creekside Accounting team and we are very happy to have him.
Jenny was born and raised in London, Ontario where she studied at Fanshawe College. She started her career at CDI College in Red Deer, Alberta as an Administrative Assistant, then transitioned to a Learning Centre Instructor for Business English Proofreading and proctoring the Microsoft Office programs.
She is new to the scene of Okanagan and has dived right into the lifestyle. Jenny will be the first friendly face you will see when walking through the door or the soft voice answering your phone calls.
You may find Jenny at a local dance studio, taking drop-in classes during the week, or exploring many of the local coffee shops in Kelowna. If you have any suggestions on any local eatery, Jenny would love to take a piece of it!
Sara was born and raised in a small northern BC town and moved to Kelowna in 2003. After completing high school, she worked in the customer service industry and enrolled in Okanagan College. Sara completed her Business Administration Diploma in 2011, majoring in Human Resource Management. She has several years of experience providing personable and skilled customer service and administrative support.
Sara can often be found exploring the Okanagan and all it has to offer, like its hiking trails, camping, kayaking, and farmer’s markets. Some of her favorite activities include dining at the local eateries, supporting local artists and shops, and attending music events. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and family and being home with her cats Neko and Simon.
Upon achieving her Bookkeeping Certificate through the Okanagan College in 2020, Sara joined the team at Creekside Accounting Ltd. Sara is excited to be a part of the team and looking forward to growing with the firm!
Lavanya was born and raised in India, where she developed a growing passion for accounting and business aspects. She obtained a Master of Commerce and a Master of Business Administration in India.
Attracted by Canadian diversities, Lavanya moved to Calgary in 2014. Her passion towards numbers led her to pursue a bridging course at Southern Alberta Institute of Technology to acquire insights of Canadian Accounting Concepts. Lavanya started gaining Canadian bookkeeping experience and continued her studies towards an accounting designation.
Adoring the climate that the Okanagan offers, she moved to Kelowna in 2020, joining us as one of the firm's accountants. She is a continuing scholar and a persistent team member with great attention to detail. During her spare time, Lavanya loves to cook, read books and spend quality time with her children.
Rhea is a golden retriever / cocker spaniel cross who was born and raised in Kelowna. She began her greeting career at an early age. Her preferred technique is to bark loudly and ensure everyone is aware that a valued Creekside Accounting client has arrived.
The best part of Rhea's job is eating treats that customers bring her during the day.
When not at the office Rhea's favourite activities include eating, more eating, lots of sleeping, swimming, cross-country skiing, more eating, and going on hikes with her family and friends.
In the next 6 months we're planning on adding several new team members to ensure we can continue to provide exceptional service to our customers. If you are interested in a position please reach out! We'd love to hear from you.
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